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Zofran is not approved for treatment of morning sickness

Despite its one-time popularity as a morning sickness drug, the federal Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, never approved ondansetron, marketed most commonly as Zofran, as a drug Georgia mothers could use in pregnancy. The drug was approved to treat the nausea symptoms of cancer patients, who would often get very sick, and potentially dehydrated, after taking chemotherapy that tended to upset their stomachs.

This does not mean, however, that doctors do not continue to prescribe the drug, especially in cases of severe morning sickness. After all, 4 out of 5 women experience some sort of nausea during early pregnancy, with about 1 in 6 needing medicine in order to control vomiting. Despite this, there are relatively few products on the market to treat this condition. Although not a morning sickness treatment, ondansetron is still the go-to drug for the treatment of this condition's most serious symptoms.

What if I get hurt in a hit-and-run accident?

One of the most frustrating types of motor vehicle accidents are so called hit-and-runs, in which the driver of one of the vehicles, oftentimes the driver who is responsible for the accident, takes off from the scene of the crash, leaving the accident victims to fend for themselves.

This is not only a cruel thing to do if someone has been hurt, it also means that an injured victim will have a much harder time getting compensation for his or her losses. After all, if the driver who caused the accident is never located, then the victim will not be able to sue that driver in a personal injury lawsuit for things like medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

President hints at feds suing opioid manufacturers

As many residents of Georgia who follow the news probably already know, the United States is currently in the midst of a prescription painkiller, or opioid, crisis.

These types of drugs, including medications like fentanyl, are ripe for abuse since they have a powerful effect, sometimes similar to what people experience from hard street drugs like heroin. Not surprisingly, the black market for these drugs has exploded. Sadly, thousands of people die from complications related to overdosing on these drugs each year.

Helping injured workers explore all avenues of recovery

A previous post on this blog discussed how many injured workers in Georgia find out after they get hurt on the job that Georgia's workers' compensation system, although helpful in so many respects, simply does not cover all of a worker's losses.

In these sorts of cases, a worker is going to have to look to other places to get the compensation they will no doubt need in order to put his or her life back together financially. For example, they can file a third party liability lawsuit against someone who was at fault, such as a driver responsible for a car accident or even the business that manufactured a defective product.

Mesh problems after hernia repairs

A hernia is a relatively common condition that can affect over 1 million Georgia residents and other people around the country in any given year. However, just because the condition is common, it does not mean that it shouldn't' get fixed. If simply allowing the hernia to stay put isn't an option, a doctor will likely have to do surgery, and this surgery may involve the use of mesh.

To review, a hernia develops when a person has a weakness in his or her muscle lining the abdomen. As a result of the weakness, some organs can herniate, or swell out, of that weakness in the lining, much like food can protrude or even spill out of a bag that has a weak spot in it.

Statistics: it takes a football field for a car to stop

Even with the best braking system in the world, there is no such thing as a car or truck that can literally stop on a dime. Motor vehicles are simply too heavy and travel too fast for that to be possible.

Because of the principle of what is called momentum, it takes a passenger car about 245 feet to come to a complete stop from 65 miles per hour after the brakes are applied on the vehicle. Additionally, the car travels over 70 feet between the time a driver makes a decision to stop and the time he or she actually presses on the brakes.

Workers' compensation and third-party liability claims

As previous posts on this blog have explained, Georgia's workers' compensation system exists to ensure that injured employees in Georgia get prompt access to compensation that will cover their medical bills and at least a portion of their lost income should they get hurt while on the job.

This system does, however, involve a trade-off. In exchange for getting benefits on a no-fault basis, the employee loses his or her right to sue the employer for negligence. The problem with this trade-off is that workers' compensation benefits do not always cover all of a worker's out-of-pocket losses, and they certainly do not account for intangibles like pain and suffering.

The importance of informed consent in med mal cases

As this blog has discussed previously, patients both in Georgia and across the country have the right to expect that their doctors will diagnose them correctly and promptly and will administer all surgeries and other treatments correctly. If a doctor fails in this obligation and injures a patient as a result, then the doctor can be held financially accountable via a medical malpractice case.

However, doctors also have what some might rightly describe as a duty to communicate with their patients adequately when it comes to having a patient choose what course of medical treatment to pursue.

Possible risks of dietary supplements

It seems that these days, more and more residents of Georgia and other people across the country are turning to alternative to conventional medicine, which relies heavily on pharmaceutical drugs, when it comes to getting treatment for their medical conditions. Dietary supplements are one such alternative.

Basically, these products are designed to and claim to provide a person with additional nutrients, like vitamins and minerals that they need in order to live a healthy life or recover from a particular condition. They are meant to balance out a healthy regimen of dieting and exercise.

The known problems with transvaginal mesh

Not too long ago, many women in Georgia may have been told about the benefits of transvaginal mesh. Doctors used this product to treat what the medical world calls "Pelvic Organ Prolapse," or POP

POP is a condition in which a woman's organs in the abdomen, usually the bladder, do not stay in place because the woman's muscles in the area have been weakened by the bearing of children. The organs then push against the vagina and can cause pain.

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